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The Center for Creative Photography (CCP), established in 1975 and located on the University of Arizona (Tucson) campus, is a research facility and archival repository containing the full archives of over sixty of the most famous American photographers including those of Edward Weston, Harry Callahan and Garry Winogrand, as well as a collection of over 80,000 images representing more than 2,000 photographers. The center also houses the archives for Ansel Adams, including all negatives known to exist at the time of his death. The CCP collects, preserves, interprets, and makes available materials that are essential to understanding photography and its history.

University of Arizona Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States

The University of Arizona is a public research university in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1885, the UA was the first university in the Arizona Territory. As of 2017, the university enrolls 44,831 students in 19 separate colleges/schools, including the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix and the James E. Rogers College of Law, and is affiliated with two academic medical centers. The University of Arizona is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona is one of the elected members of the Association of American Universities and is the only representative from the state of Arizona to this group.

Edward Weston American photographer

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Harry Callahan (photographer) American photographer

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Ansel Adams was among the founders of the Center. In 1989, the CCP relocated to its current 55,000-square-foot (5,100 m2) location, which is part of the University's Fine Arts Complex.

The CCP is dedicated to photography as an art form. Among the photographers represented in the Center's art collection are Lola Alvarez Bravo, Richard Avedon [1] , Josef Breitenbach, Dean Brown, Wynn Bullock, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Andreas Feininger, R. J. Kern, Margrethe Mather, William Mortensen, Marion Palfi, Aaron Siskind, W. Eugene Smith, Rosalind Solomon, Frederick Sommer, Peter Stackpole, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Tseng Kwong Chi, Laura Volkerding and Bill Jay. [2]

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Wynn Bullock was an American photographer whose work is included in over 90 major museum collections around the world. He received substantial critical acclaim during his lifetime, published numerous books and is mentioned in all the standard histories of modern photography.

The gallery at the CCP is open to the public and features an ever-changing exhibit. A portion of CCP's collections is available online via CCP's official website.

Beyond the exhibition program the CCP also offers educational programs, research assistance, a museum store, as well as fellowships and internships (open to students of the University of Arizona). In addition, licensing and reproduction services are available for educators, museums, scholars, and publishers.

The CCP features a 240-seat lecture hall with full audiovisual capability, and is used for various class lectures in the College of Fine Arts.

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  1. Star, Ann Brown Arizona Daily. "Avedon exhibit at Tucson's Center for Creative Photography puts relationships into focus". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  2. Hopkinson, Amanda (5 August 2009). "Bill Jay: Photographer who found a niche as an advocate of his art". The Guardian . Retrieved 2 January 2015.

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